If you haven’t got your fun on this month, there are plenty of opportunities this weekend. Consider: an awesome festival for little film buffs, a spellbinding performance, an event inspired by a Seattle sculpture, a musical production based on a popular elephant, an event with lots of buggy activities and a wintertime ball fit for tiny ballerinas.
photo: Seattle Art Museum
2016 Children’s Film Festival
This week, the always-awesome Children’s Film Festival returns with more than 165 films from 40 different countries. In addition to great films for kids of all ages, you don’t want to miss the rockin’ Pajama DJ Dance Party, Pancake Breakfast and Short Film Smorgasbord or the Closing Ceremony. Thurs.-Sun. (through January 31). Seattle. $6 to $11 (multi-day passes available). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.
SAM Winter Weekends: Kids Saturdays in the Park (pictured)
Get inspired by one of Seattle’s most iconic and whimsical sculptures, Alexander Calder’s The Eagle, at this special event. Work with artist Wyly Astley to create your own Calder bird, take your bird outside and see what happens when a flock comes together around Calder’s The Eagle and bring your own cardboard box to create a vehicle from recycled materials for the kids’ indoor drive-in movie of Planes: Fire & Rescue. Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Seattle. Free (RSVP requested). All ages. Event details.
Family Magic Show
Take the whole fam to the Seattle Center to see this one-hour stage magic show. Watch as magician Raymond and his team combine comedy magic, spectacular illusions, storytelling and lots of audience participation to engage and entertain audiences of all ages. Psst! Kids will also get a chance to be a star on stage and learn a magic trick. Sun., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Seattle. $5/person (cash at the door); 3 & under Free. All ages. Event details.
Seussical Jr. The Musical
See Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your fave Dr. Seuss characters spring to life in this fantastic musical extravaganza! Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the feline narrator (in a large striped hat!) tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Mercer Island. $13 to $17 (Sat. 7 p.m. performance is pay what you can at the door). Tickets required. Ages 5 & older. Event details.
Water Bug Bonaza
Head to the Brightwater Education Center for a fun day of citizen science with the water bugs at Brightwater. You’ll venture into the great outdoors to collect water bugs from their on-site ponds and return to their cozy classroom to take a closer look. Water quality investigations and other water bug related activities will also take place. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. Woodinville. Free (registration required). All ages. Event details.
PNB Winter Wonderland Ball
Join PNB Principal dancers Rachel Foster and Le Yin for this magical ball. In addition to autographs and pictures, take a hip hop class, enjoy a DJ dance party, participate in the Coppélia cake walk and bid on unique items in the silent auction. Sun., 2 p.m.–5 p.m. Bellevue. $25 to $40. Advance tickets required (a limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $30 to $45). All ages. Event details.
What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below.
— Kristina Moy